• Melissa Ponzio is an American actress, best known for her roles in "Teen Wolf" and "The Walking Dead".
• She became interested in acting at a young age and studied at Georgia State University.
• Her notable roles include appearances in films such as "Atlanta Blue" and "The Greenskeeper" and television series such as "Dawson's Creek" and "Army Wives".
• She is married to actor Kenny Alfonso and they have one daughter together.
• She has a net worth of over $3 million.

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Who is Melissa Ponzio? Wiki Bio

Melissa Ponzio was born in New York City USA, on 3 August 1972 – her zodiac sign is Leo and she holds American nationality. She is an actress, best known for starring as Melissa McCall in the “Teen Wolf” supernatural teen drama series, as well as for portraying Karen in “The Walking Dead” post-apocalyptic horror TV series.

Early life and education

Melissa was raised in New York City by her father who was a theatre actor, and her mother who was working in a local supermarket as a cashier.

Melissa became interested in acting at the age of six, when she started watching TV series with her mother, which led to her becoming a member of her elementary school’s drama club. She attended a high school in New York, and after matriculation moved to Atlanta, Georgia enrolling at Georgia State University and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1994. While at college, she had a short-lived venture into the modelling industry, but eventually stopped to focus on becoming a famous actress.

Career as an actress

Melissa made her debut film appearance in 1999 portraying Mona in “Atlanta Blue”, and then in 2000 appeared in “The Buse” short film.

The year 2002 saw her star as Elena Rodriguez in “The Greenskeeper” comedy horror film which follows an assistant greenskeeper who invites his friends for a country club birthday party, at which a killer dressed as a greenskeeper kills people with golf clubs. In the same year, she appeared in two short films entitled “White Bitch Down” and “Petunia” and went on to appear in several other short movies throughout the years such as “The $100 Short Short”, “Love Hurts”, and “The Tedious Existence of Terrell B. Howell”. Two of her most recent roles have been in the “Hatched” short film in 2019, and in the “Max and Me” movie set to be released in 2021.

Melissa is more popular for her appearances in TV series, making her debut in three episodes of “Dawson’s Creek” in 2001 and 2002. She was praised for her performance, and was next invited to guest star in “One Tree Hill”, appearing in two episodes in 2003 and 2004. She won her first notable role in “Army Wives”, in which she portrayed Angie from 2007 to 2009 appearing in 12 episodes. In the next several years, Melissa appeared in a single episode of numerous TV series, some of which are “October Road” in 2007, “Little Britain USA” in 2008, and “The Vampire Diaries” in 2009.

She became famous worldwide after being cast to portray Melissa McCall in the “Teen Wolf” action fantasy TV series, which follows an average high school student and his best friend who get into trouble with the student is bitten by a werewolf; she was a member of the main cast from 2011 to 2017, appearing in 71 episodes.

Her next important role came in 2013 when she began appearing as Karen in “The Walking Dead” drama horror TV series, which follows Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes after he wakes up from a coma and learns that the world is in ruins.

Melissa Ponzio

Two of Melissa’s latest appearances have been in “Second Generation Wayans” in 2013, and “Chicago Fire” which she has been shooting for since 2014.

Love life and relationships

Kenny Alfonso and Melissa met sometime in the 2000’s on the set of a TV series, and they began dating shortly after, while hiding their relationship for several years before announcing on their social media accounts that they were together. They married in the first half of the 2010’s and Melissa gave birth to their daughter Jessy Alfonso in 2013. The family of five, as they also have two rescue pet dogs, is currently living together in New York City.

Kenny Alfonso was born in Tampa, Florida USA on 27 November 1966, his zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he holds American nationality. He is an actor who shares his birthday with Bruce Lee, a famous actor and martial artist, and legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. He launched his career when he started working as an investigator for the State Attorney’s Office in Hillsborough County, Florida, then at the age of 27 moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in acting. He has become popular thanks to his roles in the “Filthy Rich” and “Sex and The City” TV series while he is also starring in the “Drop Dead Diva” Lifetime Network series, and “Saints & Sinners” Bounce Network’s series. He is occasionally writing sketch comedy with Melissa.

Hobbies and other interests

Melissa has been interested in sports for years now, and has several training sessions at the gym each week, mostly focused on cardio exercises. She enjoys going shopping with her favorite colors being black and white, and she enjoys tasting various cuisines while her favorite food is pizza. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, especially to bands and singers such as Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and Carrie Underwood. She is also a fan of the film industry with her favorite actor being Viggo Mortensen, while some of her favorite movies are “Dear John”, “One Day”, and “Titanic”. She is also keen on reading, and her favorite book is “The Fourth Descendant” by Allison Maruska.

She is a co-owner of The Goods Inc., and is a co-host of “The Goods Variety Show”. She is a philanthropist who has donated quite a sum of money to charity over the years, and is currently active in The Goods Young Foundation. She is a big lover of animals, with her favorite being dogs.

Appearance and net worth

Melissa is 47 years old. She has long black hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, and weighs around 125lbs (57kgs), with vital statistics of 34-24-34; she wears shoes size seven and dress size six. As of early 2020, her net worth is estimated at over $3 million.

General Info

Full NameMelissa Ponzio
Height1.68 m
EducationGeorgia State University


ChildrenJessy Alfonso
PartnerKenny Alfonso, Kenny Alfonso


MoviesMary and Martha, Life as We Know It, Road Trip: Beer Pong, The Greenskeeper, Petunia
TV ShowsTeen Wolf

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Teen Wolf2011-2017TV SeriesMelissa McCall
Chicago Fire2014-2016TV SeriesDonna Robbins
The Untitled Web Series That Morgan Evans Is Doing for MTV2015TV SeriesMelissa
The Walking Dead2013TV SeriesKaren
Mary and Martha2013TV MovieAlice
Second Generation Wayans2013TV SeriesLorin Sandler
Banshee2013TV SeriesJocelyn Frears
The Following2013TV SeriesDetective Joan Garcia
Undocumented Executive2012Anita Vasquez
Touch2012TV SeriesGwen Davis
CSI: Miami2011TV SeriesKathy Jennings
NCIS2011TV SeriesDrew Turner
Necessary Roughness2011TV SeriesLisa Genovese
Franklin & Bash2011TV SeriesAnnie Ross
Justice for Natalee Holloway2011TV MovieDebra Stanville
Marry Me2010TV Mini-SeriesErica
Upside2010Dr. Lisa Leinman
Life as We Know It2010Victoria (Stripper Cousin)
The Gates2010TV SeriesGloria Bennett
Past Life2010TV SeriesDr. Steen
The Tedious Existence of Terrell B. Howell2010ShortLauren Richardson
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2010TV SeriesSasha Katsaros
The Vampire Diaries2009TV SeriesSexy Housewife
Road Trip: Beer Pong2009VideoThe Fare
Drop Dead Diva2009TV SeriesSelette Garner
Army Wives2007-2009TV SeriesAngie
My Fake Fiance2009TV MovieSales Lady
Little Britain USA2008TV SeriesBarbara
K-Ville2007TV SeriesYasmine Quaid
Love Hurts2007/IShortBattered Woman
October Road2007TV SeriesYoung Girl
The $100 Short Short2006ShortKidnapper #1
Thief2006TV Mini-SeriesFlight Attendant
Surface2006TV SeriesAnn Tracey / Ann Tracy
Warm Springs2005TV MovieLucy Mercer
One Tree Hill2003-2004TV SeriesAlice
Petunia2002ShortFront Desk Clerk
Dawson's Creek2001-2002TV SeriesFemale Student / Robin Ellsworth
White Bitch Down2002ShortMonica
The Greenskeeper2002Elena Rodriguez
The Buse2000Short
Shake, Rattle and Roll: An American Love Story1999TV MovieNew York Executive (uncredited)
Atlanta Blue1999Mona


Wolf Watch2014TV SeriesHerself

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Army Wives: A Final Salute2014TV Movie archival

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